House fire kills boy in Southeast Baltimore

April 04, 1996|By Richard Irwin and John Rivera | Richard Irwin and John Rivera,SUN STAFF

A one-alarm fire at a Southeast Baltimore house killed a boy last night, fire officials said.

The boy, who fire officials said was 6 or 7 years old, was in full cardiac arrest when firefighters found him in a third-floor rear bedroom. He was taken to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where he was pronounced dead soon after arrival.

The fire started shortly after 10: 30 p.m. in a rear room on the first floor of the three-story brick house in the 1400 block of Bank St., between Fells Point and Little Italy. The fire spread up stairs in the rear to the second and third floors, fire officials said.

When firefighters arrived, the first floor was engulfed in flames, delaying their entry into the house.

The boy's teen-age sister jumped from the back porch to the porch of the house next door. She suffered from smoke inhalation and cuts, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire was being investigated, they said.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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